AT THAT TIME Shakyamuni Buddha rose from his Dharma seat and manifested great
spiritual power. With his right hand he patted the crowns of limitless Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas
and said, "Throughout limitless hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis
of asamkhyeyas of eons, I have cultivated and practiced the rare
Dharmas of anuttarasamyaksambodhi I now entrust them to all of you. You
should, with a single mind, propagate this Dharma, causing it to spread and
In this way he patted the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas on the crown three times, saying, "Throughout limitless hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of asamkhyeyas of eons, I have cultivated and practiced the rare Dharmas of anuttarasamyaksambodhi I now entrust them to all of you. You should receive, uphold, read, recite, and vastly proclaim this Dharma, causing all living beings to hear and understand it.
"For what reason? The Thus Come One is greatly kind and compassionate, without stinginess and without fear. He is able to give living beings the wisdom of the Buddha, the wisdom of the Thus Come One, and spontaneous wisdom. The Thus Come One is a great giving host to all living beings. You should all accordingly study the Dharmas of the Thus Come One and never be stingy.
"In the future, if there is a good man or a good woman who believes in the Thus Come One's wisdom, you should expound the Dharma Flower Sutra to that person, causing the person to hear and understand and obtain the Buddha's wisdom.
If there are living beings who do not believe or accept it, you should instruct them with another of the profound Dharmas of the Thus Come One, benefiting them and causing them to rejoice. If you can do this, you will have already repaid the kindness of the Buddhas."
When the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas heard the Buddha's words, profuse joy permeated their bodies. With increasing reverence, they bowed their heads, placed their palms together, faced the Buddha, and said in unison,
"We shall reverently carry out the World Honored One's command. Yes, World Honored One, pray do not be concerned about this." The assembly of Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas spoke in this way three times, saying, "We shall reverently carry out the Buddha's command. Yes, World Honored One, pray do not be concerned about this."
At that time Shakyamuni Buddha sent the division-body Buddhas of the ten directions back to their own lands, saying, "Peace to all of you Buddhas. Let the stupa of the Buddha Many Jewels be again as it was."